Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.
Carolyn Beecher is in her element in Glacier National Park, where she has been guiding for over 20 years. Her love of nature is contagious as she offers fun facts about flora, wildlife, geology, and cultural history. She makes her home in the foothills of Montana’s Mission Mountains, where she has lived and worked since 1980. Also a big fan of Utah’s canyon country, she has been backpacking and exploring the red rocks and slot canyons since the 1980s. She’ll tune your ears to the song of the canyon wren, and open your eyes to the big skies of the West—sharing the intricacies of nature’s tapestry is her passion.
Heather Harding has been guiding for many years on both Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, where she lives, and in the canyons and plateaus of the Southwest, where she earned college degrees in biology and Southwest Studies. Heather brings a world-wide background of whale research and Waldorf teaching to her guiding. Heather winters on Maui, where she runs her non-profit whale foundation, with her partner and frequent co-guide Eric Kessler.
Kelly Boire has been an outdoor guide and educator for over a decade. After receiving her degree in botany, Kelly moved to the Lake Tahoe area and began her career as a naturalist. However, her passion for the southwest was sparked by living in New Mexico for three years where she grew to love the wild landscapes. As a professional guide Kelly enjoys inspiring our guests to explore, discover, and have fun on the trail.
One of our most veteran guides, Eric Kessler has guided for Country Walkers for over twenty years! As a wilderness traveler during his college years, he began his explorations of the Southwest and has been drawn to the region ever since. First running field studies programs in Utah’s National Parks Eric has guided walking tours in the canyons for over 10 years. When not guiding, he pursues his parallel photography career documenting the planet’s native peoples and ecosystems and has a particular interest in the fragile and sometimes elusive presence of water in the desert areas he loves.